Forty Days in The Desert on The Track of The Israelites. Or, A Journey from Cairo, by Wady Feiran, to Mount Sinai and Petra.

Bartlett, William Henry.

Book ID: 17004


8vo. iv, 206 pp., [6 adverts], 44 steel engravings including a frontispiece with tissue-guards, steel engraved vignette on half-title page, 1 folding map, text within borders, contemporary gilt decorated cloth, lightly soiled and rubbed at spine extremities, title gilt on decorated spine, previous owner’s inscription verso front cover dated Christmas 1848, occasional spotting, otherwise copy in very good condition, Arthur Hall & Co., London, first edition, [ca 1848].


First published in 1848. ‘This is an account of Bartlett’s fourth journey to the Levant when he visited Egypt, Mount Sinai and Syria from August to October, 1845. From this same journey he gathered material for the very successful Nile Boat, or Glimpses of the Land of Egypt’ (Blackmer). ‘The special objects which may, perhaps, excuse the addition of the present volume on the subject to the multitude which have already appeared are – the desire to give somewhat more of distinctness to the route of the Israelites than is to be found in the work of Laborde; to depict, though but imperfectly, the valley of Feiran, and the neighbouring mountain of the Serbal, not only the most romantic spot in the Arabian peninsula, but confidently pronounced by no less a savant than Dr Lepsius to be the real Sinai; as also to give a picture of Petra, that extraordinary rock-hewn capital of Edom’ (preface). References: Rohricht 402 cites five editions, 1848, 1853, 1856; Hilmy I, 55; Blackmer 92 for fifth edition.

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